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- DescriptionMedina tells us that up to 2% of the urban population in developing countries survives by salvaging materials from waste for recycling, which represents up to 64 million scavengers in the world today. Despite these numbers, we kw little about the impact of scavenging on global capitalism development. The author examines its historical evolution and its linkages with formal and informal sector productive activities in capitalist and n-capitalist societies, in case studies from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Egypt, the Philippines, and India. His new book radically alters popular perceptions on scavenging, demonstrating that many widely-held beliefs are wrong: scavenging is t primarily the activity of the poor r is it a strictly marginal activity; the ecomic impact of scavenging is significant and can increase industrial competitiveness; and scavenging can be compatible with a sustainable waste management system. Scavenging represents an adaptive response to poverty, yet at the same time it can be a resource to cities, whose contributions should be recognized and understood.
- Author BiographyMartin Medina is the Senior Policy Researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan.
- Author(s)Martin Medina
- PublisherAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication28/03/2007
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Series TitleGlobalization and the Environment
- Place of PublicationCalifornia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight513 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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